Drilling for Oil in the U.S.A–Why Not?

The Natural Resources Defense Council wrote the following in its article “Build the Clean Energy Economy,” published on www.nrdc.org (accessed Oct. 1, 2008):

“Oil companies and their allies in the Bush administration are using high gas prices as an excuse to push for more drilling, but that’s not the solution for America’s energy crisis.

Despoiling nature to get at the tiny trickle of oil we have left won’t make any significant difference in what we pay at the pump – not now and not ever. And it won’t make our country any less dependent on foreign fuel. Our thirst for oil is bad for national security, bad for our economy and bad for the environment…

The Bush administration’s own Energy Department says that lifting the ban on offshore drilling would have a marginal impact on oil supplies and an ‘insignificant’ impact on prices. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be similarly futile, shaving – at the very most – 4 cents off a gallon of gas by 2026…

America needs to say no to pumping up Big Oil’s profits and yes to forging a new clean energy economy."

Oct. 1, 2008 – Natural Resources Defense Council

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